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Some Monday Links for You, February 28, 2011: Let the Hate Flow Through You!

Happy Monday, folks! The Phillies just finished up their game against the Blue Jays, winning 6-3. Roy Halladay saw his first action of the spring: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K. Some other notable lines:

JC Ramirez: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K

Anderson: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 K -- touched 95 on the gun, per Matt Gelb.

Mathieson: 1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 K

Francisco: 1/2, RBI, BB

Brown: 0/4, BB, 2 K

It's very very early, but Francisco has jumped out to a lead in the RF race. Dom hasn't really done much to silence his detractors either. Sounds like he has been pressing a bit. Don't jump off any bridges or anything, but continue to monitor the situation. Now, some links.


Well, now we know what Davey Lopes was talking about
He knew too much...

How Will Chase Utley Age?
Like THIS!

Francisco, Blanton shine in loss
Both good signs. Yo Dom, c'mon man! Don't give the haterz any ammo.

March 2-6 Pitching Schedule
For your reference.

Awkward questions involving Joe Blanton and a portly rapper
Somehow--amid all of this BIG PHOUR ACES OMG hysteria--Joe Blanton has become one of my favorite Phillies.

Pujols a fit for Phillies?
What team isn't Pujols a fit for? Better question: Will it happen? 

Albert Pujols Not a Fit in Philadelphia
Answer: Almost certainly no.

Charlie Manuel responds to Werth's comment

"I hate their dumb faces...the Phillies, that's who I'm talking about. I hate them. I hate them more than pretty much everything in life -- and no, I won't back track on this statement when some reporter from Philly calls to question me on it."

Elsewhere in baseball:

Los Angeles Dodgers will play Arizona Diamondbacks in benefit for Christina-Taylor Green
A good cause. 

Mike Stanton injured on day one
Sounds like he'll be alright. Still an "Oh shit" moment if you're a Marlins fan. If you're a Marlins fan.

Be happy that Oliver Perez got rocked over the weekend, Mets fans
Be happy that Danys Baez got rocked over the weekend, Phillies fans.

Baseball-Reference's WAR in Plain English
Learn you some SABR.